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VOLA Hosts Community Meeting Monday Oct. 26

VOLA News:

Gabe Pacyniak, from the UNM Law School and Environmental Law Clinic and Beth Beloff and Ken Hughes from the Coalition for Sustainable Communities New Mexico will speak during a Voices of Los Alamos virtual meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26.

A Zoom link for the meeting will be shared on the Voices of Los Alamos’ Facebook Group page and mailing list prior to the meeting.

Pacyniak, Beloff and Hughes will share their experience and insights into how innovative regional energy policies and community sustainability and resilience practices can help Los Alamos be a leader in the New


Be A Part Of Small Business Saturday 2020 In Los Alamos

Pet Pangaea Owner Cyndi Wells in her store during last year’s Small Business Saturday brought the event to Los Alamos 10 years ago. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Save the Date
More than ever the Chamber and MainStreet will promote small businesses for Small Business Saturday and how shoppers can safely make purchases at local business.

This year Small Business Saturday is Nov. 28 and there is a lot planned. Organizers are trying to spread the shopping period out and capture early shoppers. Participants do not have to be a Chamber Member and can do as much or as little of Small


Planning And Zoning Commission Approves Site Plan For Bluffs Apartment Complex

P&Z approved the site plan for the Bluffs apartment complex during its Sept. 23 meeting. Courtesy/LAC

Los Alamos Daily Post

Affordable housing for seniors is one step closer to coming to fruition. The Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission approved 4-2 the site plan for the Bluffs apartment complex during its regular meeting Sept. 23.

The commissioners agreed to an amendment, which requests an additional six or more parking spaces for the apartment complex be included in the site plan.

Right now, the site plan offers 49 spaces for the


VOLA Hosts RACED Co-Founders At Zoom Meeting Monday

VOLA Hosts RACED co-founders Monique Salhab and Kendra Toth on Zoom Monday. Courtesy/VOLA photo

VOLA News:

RACED co-founders Monique Salhab and Kendra Toth will speak during the Voices of Los Alamos (VOLA) virtual meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28.

The meeting will be held through Zoom; the link to the meeting will be shared on the Voices of Los Alamos Facebook page and its mailing list prior to the meeting.

Founded in 2019, RACED (, a cross-race, cisgender-queer team of facilitators, helps people to actively deconstruct organizational beliefs,


Española Co-Operative Market Considers New Direction

The Española Community Co-Operative Market. Courtesy/Valley Daily Post

ECM News:

ESPAÑOLA – Española Community Market Co-operative (ECM) announced today that it is considering a strategic re-direction for its health food cooperative at 312 S. Paseo de Onate in Española’s west side due to lower sales in the last year.

ECM Board members met recently and determined that last year’s poor financial performance was further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions imposed on small businesses. Despite support from its volunteers and suppliers from the Española Valley during recent


Snyder: The Other Los Alamos That Touched Our History

Eastern plains, San Miguel County, New Mexico. Photo by Sharon Snyder

Los Alamos Historical Society

When Ashley Pond Jr. founded the Los Alamos Ranch School in 1917, the road from Santa Fe to the school passed through the tiny village of Buckman, situated on the east side of the Rio Grande.

Buckman was a mail stop for the Denver and Rio Grande narrow gauge railroad, and nearby homesteaders and the people from the ranch school crossed a rickety wooden bridge over the river to visit the Buckman post office. The inconvenience prompted A.J. Connell, director of the school, to request


World Futures: Communication And Information Part 1

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Every day we receive information through our senses, primarily through sight and sound.

As we advanced as a species, we created coding, the energy transmitted through the structures of the sounds or images in the form of languages and graphic representations of them.

Of course, one can expand and modify the simple perspective with other sounds such as music and warning signals or visual media such as art and other signals.

The key, however, is that these energy transmissions are created by humankind to send information. It is highly sophisticated


Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess Updates Business Community On CARES ACT Funds Application

Los Alamos County Municipal Building at sunset at 1000 Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Manager Harry Burgess

Los Alamos Daily Post

To address, and hopefully aid, the impacts of COVID-19 on Los Alamos businesses, residents and workers, Los Alamos County has applied for $3.5 million in CARES Act Funding.

County Manager Harry Burgess shared this news to attendees at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce’s Business Community Call, which was held Tuesday afternoon.

In an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post Wednesday,


Snyder: A Journalist At Trinity And Over Nagasaki

New York Times journalist William Laurence. Courtesy image

Los Alamos Historical Society

Journalist William Laurence already had a keen interest in science when he attended the Harvard Tercentenary Conference of Arts and Sciences in 1936. Four years later he attended a lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to hear a young scientist named Robert Oppenheimer. At that time, Laurence could never have imagined where his interests in science would take him.

Laurence was born in Lithuania but eventually made his way to the United States where he left his birth name


Snyder: Taos Artist Pop Chalee Recalls Manhattan Project

Pop Chalee’s Blue Horse in the company of Jemez pottery by Mary Small. Photo by Sharon Snyder

Pop Chalee giving an interview to the Los Alamos Historical Society in 1992. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archive

Los Alamos Historical Society

When we think of the famous people who have been associated with Los Alamos, those who have come here for visits or consultations or lived here for decades, we generally think of scientists, but some have left their mark in other ways.

During the Manhattan Project years, Merina Lujan Hopkins came with her husband, Otis, when he was recruited